Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sticks and Stones...

Words may or may not hurt, but pictures and videos posted on the Internet sure can.  On September 22, a Rutgers University student, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge after a secretly recorded video of his sexual activities with another man was released on the Internet.  This has stirred intense discussions on the news and web regarding cyber-bullying, invasion of privacy issues, hate crimes, over-sharing on social networking sites, and the real-world impacts it has on people and families.  If you or someone you know is being bullied, there are people you can talk to and sites that can help.  Talk to your parents, a teacher, a guidance counselor, and check out the following sites for more information.  If someone is bullying you, you CAN get help.

National Crime Prevention Council (Cyberbullying)
Teen Advice on Cyber Bullies
8 First Steps to Fight Cyberbullying
There's at Least One Way to Combat Cyberbullying

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